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What's the Difference Between Belief and Faith?
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He was an atheist. But she said as he came to die, he sat up in the side of the bed one day, and he asked the nurse if he could see the chaplain. And he said, for the first time in his life, he thought about the inevitable and about God. Was there a ...
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How Does A Person Go From Believer To Atheist?
Her recent piece, Letting Go of God, traces a spiritual journey that takes an unexpected turn toward science and ends with atheism. Her book, If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother, is about parenting and being parented. She performs regularly with ...
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The 4th Quadrennial Meeting of the World Federation of Neuro-Oncology is meeting right now in San Francisco, and guess who is presenting there? There are four papers being presented by those criminal frauds of the Burzynski Clinic.
They sure can talk the science talk, can’t they? And they go through all the motions of attending and presenting at meetings of the Society for Neuro-Oncology, which I’m sure looks formidable to the rubes, but when you look at the results of recent reviews of their facilities and protocols (or read the summary in USA Today), they don’t walk the science walk. Read about the patients, or the story of the Burzynski scam. For over thirty years, he has been skating at the edge of credibility by carrying out the rituals of science without going the next step and actually testing his claims, getting rich off desperate people and killing them with bad therapies and sloppy protocols.
I know what these meetings are like. They will be full of professionals in nice dresses and conservative ties, and they will be talking shop and taking notes on the interesting presentations, and I know exactly how they will respond to Burzynskiites: they are beneath them, they will roll their eyes as they skip their talks, and they might grumble a bit at the bar afterwards. And that’s about it. I’ve seen it when creationists get their work into poster sessions at non-peer-reviewed science meetings.
But these guys are worse than creationists. These are con artists giving false hope to dangerously ill patients, using organizations like the SNO as a façade to bilk people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and skirting on the proper protocols to give the illusion that they’re doing legitimate science.
It is a huge ethical problem for these societies to provide cover for quacks. I would hope that, at the very least, attendees take time to read the facts about Burzynski and give these con artists a hard time in public; but more significantly, I think the only appropriate thing for the Society for Neuro-Oncology to do is to kick the bastards out. Don’t let them take shelter under your wing any more.
San Diego Atheist Group Looks To Spread Non-Belief
Above: The number of people in the United States who identify themselves as atheists has been rising steadily, according to a recent Pew study. And a growing group of atheists in San Diego is mirroring that trend. A few thousand people are part of the ...
Charlie Stross has written a story, A Bird in Hand, which rather pushes a few boundaries. It’s about dinosaurs and sodomy, as the author’s backstory explains. And as everyone knows, every story is improved by adding one or the other of dinosaurs and sodomy, so it can’t help but be even better if you add both.
A note of caution, though: Charlie is really, really good at spinning out all the latest scientific buzzwords and deep molecular biological concepts into an extraordinarily plausible-sounding mechanism for rapidly recreating a dinosaur — it’s much, much better than Crichton’s painfully silly and superficial dino-blood-from-mosquitoes-spliced-with-frog-DNA BS — but I was a bit hung up on poking holes in it. It won’t be quite that easy, and it rather glibly elides all the trans-acting variations that have arisen in 70 million years and the magnitude of the developmental changes. But still, if we ever do manage to rebuild a quasi-dinosaur from avian stock, that’ll be sort of the approach that will be taken, I suspect. Just amplify the difficulty a few thousand fold.
Also, it’s way too technical to survive in the movie treatment.
You Say You're an Atheist...
For when one declares his atheism once and for all, affirming that henceforth he has no place for G‑d in his thoughts, lexicon and daily life, then the matter is settled and closed. However, when one asserts that G‑d does not exist, yet at the same ...
Second School Drops Out of 'Operation Christmas Child' Following Atheist ...
A second public school has ended ties with Franklin Graham's Operation Christmas Child after an atheist group threatened a lawsuit. However, angered by the developments, parents at the Colorado-area school have stated their commitment to continue ...
Children deprived of free Christmas presents thanks to atheist groupExaminer.com
Atheist Group threaten schools with law suits over Operation Christmas ChildThe Way
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Play What's the point of an atheist 'church'?
November 21, 2013 12:30 PM EST — Sanderson Jones is a co-founder of the godless Sunday Assembly congregation. But skeptics wonder why a group of non-believers would want to replicate a church service. (The Washington Post) ...
Does anybody know the answer to Which way did Charles Darwin walk around the Sandwalk?.
When visiting Down House a couple of weeks ago I took a walk around the famous sandwalk, where Darwin took several walks each day. After walking anti-clockwise, which may surprise some, I asked a member of staff if he knew which way Darwin himself walked. He looked rather surprised by my question before answering that he didn’t know but presumed he alternated. I can’t help but severely doubt he would have alternated, especially when you consider how methodical his day was set out. In addition, everybody tends to stick to a ‘normal’ route no matter how often it is walked. So my guess is anti-clockwise, I would be delighted if someone actually knew the answer!
I know that when I visited I walked around it counter-clockwise, too. Now I’m wondering if I did it backwards, undoing all the magical science mojo.
School Stops Collecting For Kids In Need Due To Atheist Lawsuit Threat
(Highlands Ranch, CO) A threatened lawsuit by an Atheist group has stopped a school in Colorado to stop collecting toys for children in other countries. For years, SkyView Academy students filled boxes with toys to be distributed to poor children in ...
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Colorado school drops Christian Christmas charity on threat of atheist lawsuit
A public charter school in Colorado is cutting ties with a Christian charity for needy children after atheists threatened to sue, school officials said. The SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch, a kindergarten through eighth grade school that is part of ...
Church for Atheists?
There's an old joke that says: How do you describe an atheist at his funeral? “All dressed up with no place to go.” Now, all jokes aside, there is a place atheists can go on Sundays. There's a new type of “atheist church” that has been founded by a ...
Atheist Agenda Wants You to Turn Your Back on ChristCharisma News
Letter: God does not loseGalesburg Register-Mail
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In an interview with Larry King, Sylvia Browne, the world’s worst psychic, predicted when she would die.
KING: OK. Do you know when you’re going to die?
BROWNE: Yes. When I’m 88.
Woops, wrong again. Sylvia Browne has died at age 77.
Read Jon Ronson’s article on Browne. Oh, what the world is now missing…
The Playground Atheist Looks Back
It may be that every elementary school, across the whole South, has at least one self-appointed Playground Atheist. You know the type: when all the other kids are showing off their new “WWJD” bracelets and mooning about how cool the youth pastor is, ...